Sunday, August 3, 2014
One hundred years on, World War I resonates across Belgium in countless monuments and cemeteries along with relics of long-abandoned bunkers and trenches that dot the landscape.
Amid the random splattering of red poppies and often wild overgrowth, these relics are a poignant and constant reminder of what happened on Flanders Fields 100 years ago when life was about trenches, the protection of a bunker, a muddy battlefield and destroyed villages.
Some of the relics aren't just reminders of days gone by. Farmers in West Flanders call the spring plowing season the "iron harvest."
Here is a gallery of photos from the scene.